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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-47
Corporate Name: Griffith Manufacturing Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Griffith Manufacturing Company: Ray Griffith and Juanita Griffith, Arnold Smith.
Location: Box 38, New Waverly
County: Walker
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1951
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1951 to 1957
Town: New Waverly
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: About a dozen electric motors, the largest being 150-, 75-, and 40-horsepower
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Cunningham sawmill and Yates American #A-20 hi-speed planer and dry kiln
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: A Houston County bill of sale record in county records noted that Griffith Manufacturing Company was located at New Waverly in 1954. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 reported that the company had been established in 1951 as a sole proprietorship under Ray Griffith. He employed more than fifty workers. Ray Griffith and spouse, Juanita, along with Arnold Smith, reorganized the Griffith Manufacturing Company at New Waverly on October 23, 1957. The Griffiths exchanged ownership of the sawmill in return for ninety-eight shares of stock. Equipment included one Yates American #A-20 hi-speed planer, one fan and blow pipe, one 75-horsepower GE electric motor on the planer, a 40-horsepower electric motor on the blower, ten lumber buggies, one Esterer 28”x30” heavy duty gang saw, three carriages, one Vollmer grinder, one hanchett stretcher, a clamp, a band and gang saw wage and swage shaper, eleven electric motors, one 150-horsepower Westinghouse electric motor, a Cunningham two-saw trimmer, one sawmill building size 26-ft by 98-ft, six Nabors trailers, one Cunningham 36-inch 4-saw edger, a planer mill building 24-ft by 40-ft, two lift trucks, two log tractors, ten logging trucks, Russell dry kilns, and other tractors and trucks.
Research Date: MCJ 03-31-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson